SLOVENIA / SYRIAN REFUGEE CHEF

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Sajir Hussein used to ran his own business in his hometown of Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria, providing for his eight children. But everything changed when he lost both his home and his business to war. Fleeing the violence with his family, Sajir ended up in Maribor, Slovenia, where he now cooks in one of the top restaurants in the city. UNHCR

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STORY: SLOVENIA / SYRIAN REFUGEE CHEF
TRT: 2:01
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /ARABIC /NATS

DATELINE: 18-19 DECEMBER 2018, MARIBOR, SLOVENIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Various shots, Sajir cutting food and serving it to children
2. Close up, hands chopping onions on red chopping-board
3. Close up, Sajir’s face
4. Pan right, exterior of restorram
5. Close up, restaurant sign
6. Various shots, restaurant interior, guests and staff
7. Med shot, Sajir and chef checking inside pot
8. Med shot, Sajir tasting food
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sajir Hussain, Syrian Refugee:
“I work in the restaurant on a fixed-term contract for three months. It’s a very good place to work. They treat me as a friend. I don’t have any difficulties, everything is great.”
10. Various shots, Sajir preparing food
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sajir Hussain, Syrian Refugee:
“I was very happy to find an opportunity in this area. I can be together with my children, I’m working for their sake. I have everything I need, I’m completely satisfied. I have a job, my kids attend school, and I don’t have financial problems.”
12. Med shot, plates of dessert, hand turns plate
13. Close up, hands present dessert on blue plate
14. Med shot, Sajir stirring pot
15. Pan left, Sajir walking through kitchen
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Dominik Raduha, Project coordinator Project ESIRAS, Red Cross Slovenia (man, English):
“The whole idea behind our project is people come to us, because they want to be included in, or integrated in the job market. As long as they want to be a part of the job market, as long as they want to find a job, we support them 100 percent.”
17. Close up, Sajir stacking plates
18. Med shot, Sajir in kitchen, lifts lid of pot
19. Close up, cutting onion
20. Tilt up, Sajir presenting a dish

STORYLINE:

Sajir Hussein used to ran his own business in his hometown of Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria, providing for his eight children. But everything changed when he lost both his home and his business to war. Fleeing the violence with his family, Sajir ended up in Maribor, Slovenia, where he now cooks in one of the top restaurants in the city.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sajir Hussain, Syrian Refugee:
“I work in the restaurant on a fixed-term contract for three months. It’s a very good place to work. They treat me as a friend. I don’t have any difficulties, everything is great.”

His employment has allowed him to re-establish a normal life for his family after all their hardships.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sajir Hussain, Syrian Refugee:
“I was very happy to find an opportunity in this area. I can be together with my children, I’m working for their sake. I have everything I need, I’m completely satisfied. I have a job, my kids attend school, and I don’t have financial problems.”

Sajir was able to find a job thanks to support from UNHCR and the Slovenian Red Cross.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dominik Raduha, Project coordinator Project ESIRAS, Red Cross Slovenia (man, English):
“The whole idea behind our project is people come to us, because they want to be included in, or integrated in the job market. As long as they want to be a part of the job market, as long as they want to find a job, we support them 100 percent.”

Sajir hopes to eventually return home to Syria - taking a slice of Slovenian cuisine with him.
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